Sarasota Inshore Fishing Charters

Sarasota Inshore Fishing Charters

Best Inshore Fishing Charters in Sarasota

Sarasota: 269 fishing charters available
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Inshore Fishing in Sarasota

Sarasota inshore fishing is what most local charters focus on, and with good reason. Sarasota has year-round populations of several shallow-water favorites including Redfish, Flounder, and Speckled Trout. The area also has some important summer visitors like Tarpon and Snook which make fighting the heat well worth the effort.

What to catch and when to target it

Hit the shallows pretty much any time of year and you will see why Sarasota inshore fishing is such a big deal. Even in the sleepy months of January and February, the waters are alive with three of the most important inshore species in the country. 
 
The local grass flats, sandbars, and mangroves offer an endless playground for inshore anglers. The different environments mean you can never get bored. Redfish, Trout, and Flounder thrive all year round in these waters, and there are plenty charters waiting to take you.
 
If you fancy something more than the area’s permanent residents, the best time to come is in summer. Snook, Permit, and Tarpon swarm the shallows from May onwards. The Sarasota Tarpon Tournament brings anglers from across the country to fish for these awesome fish, which can mean the price of charters rise. All three species stick around until at least the end of August though, so you can beat the crowds if you can take the sun.

How to fish

The variety of environments in the Sarasota Bay area means that you can basically take your pick of fishing techniques. Spin anglers and fly fishing enthusiasts will fall in love with the area. If sight casting is more your thing, you will plenty of tailing Reds and shimmering Permit to land a well-placed line in front of. For a more heavy-duty challenge, Sarasota Tarpon fishing offers battles in even the skinniest waters. Tarpon weighing in excess of 200 pounds are caught every year here, making this one of the best Tarpon fisheries in the country.
Sarasota
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4.5 / 5
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What anglers said about Inshore Fishing in Sarasota

Lots of sunshine and beautiful waters - we even saw dolphins. Super easy to get to boat and free parking to boot.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Lots of sunshine and beautiful waters - we even saw dolphins. Super easy to get to boat and free parking to boot.
Julie  M.
Julie M. Rosemount, Minnesota
Captain Scott was great, he put us on the fish. At each stop he took the time to explain what type fish we may catch but also the technique that we should be using. We had a great day, catching snapper, catfish and a tripletail. This trip truly had the fish that got away, a giant tripletail that got away as it neared the boat. We definitely would recommend him and looking forward to future trips.
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5.0 / 5
Captain Scott was great, he put us on the fish. At each stop he took the time to explain what type fish we may catch but also the technique that we should be using. We had a great day, catching snapper, catfish and a tripletail. This trip truly had the fish that got away, a giant tripletail that got away as it neared the boat. We definitely would recommend him and looking forward to future trips.
Stephen  C.
Stephen C. Bradenton, FL
Water temp is a very warm 90⁰ plus, so certain types of fish are not running and/or biting. Sarasota is still beautiful this time of year, so I would still recommend it.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Water temp is a very warm 90⁰ plus, so certain types of fish are not running and/or biting. Sarasota is still beautiful this time of year, so I would still recommend it.
Smith  S.
Smith S. Mableton, Georgia
Be flexible with inshore offshore when the trip comes around. We wanted offshore but when the seas are rough the bays are protected and much calmer
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be flexible with inshore offshore when the trip comes around. We wanted offshore but when the seas are rough the bays are protected and much calmer
Robert  H.
Robert H. Sanford, FL
It was pretty windy while we were there. There were some storms in the Gulf that probably threw the captain some curveballs to deal with. It was a good trip, but the captain seemed a little disappointed with the results. We are from the North, so the fishing still was excellent by comparison.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was pretty windy while we were there. There were some storms in the Gulf that probably threw the captain some curveballs to deal with. It was a good trip, but the captain seemed a little disappointed with the results. We are from the North, so the fishing still was excellent by comparison.
Daniel  P.
Daniel P. Perkasie, PA
This was my first time fishing in Sarasota so I don't have a good basis for rating the experience. he weather was a bit tough the day we went so that may have affected fishing conditions
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was my first time fishing in Sarasota so I don't have a good basis for rating the experience. he weather was a bit tough the day we went so that may have affected fishing conditions
Michael  N.
Michael N. Falls Church, VA
Get an experienced charter captain. Shop charter prices. Some charters are expensive whole others lower priced. Check recommendations.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get an experienced charter captain. Shop charter prices. Some charters are expensive whole others lower priced. Check recommendations.
Gary  C.
Gary C. Sarasota, FL
We caught plenty for dinner. I had hoped to catch larger fish. They averaged 8 -12 inches. Great variety. Mostly bottom fishing. Still a lot of fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught plenty for dinner. I had hoped to catch larger fish. They averaged 8 -12 inches. Great variety. Mostly bottom fishing. Still a lot of fun.
Brandon  B.
Brandon B. Pinckney, MI
Book with Captain Scott. He is very knowledgeable, safe, and friendly. Be patient and enjoy the experience. It was a great time for us.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Scott. He is very knowledgeable, safe, and friendly. Be patient and enjoy the experience. It was a great time for us.
Christopher  P.
Christopher P. Mount Healthy, OH
Don't expect to catch many keepers, but lots here to catch! Saw manatee and dolphin too!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't expect to catch many keepers, but lots here to catch! Saw manatee and dolphin too!
Laura  W.
Laura W. Sarasota, Florida
If possible (not sure it is), check when fish are more likely to be moving and plentiful. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If possible (not sure it is), check when fish are more likely to be moving and plentiful. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen!
Steven  C.
Steven C. Bradenton, FL
Make sure you get a Captain that knows his stuff! Trust the crew and have fun no matter what you catch!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you get a Captain that knows his stuff! Trust the crew and have fun no matter what you catch!
Kelly  H.
Kelly H. Bradenton, FL
Make sure your captain knows the best areas to catch your “menu” fish. You may want to call ahead to discuss.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Make sure your captain knows the best areas to catch your “menu” fish. You may want to call ahead to discuss.
Keith  S.
Keith S. Mount Gilead, OH
The only problem with May is the love bugs but they really weren't that bad, though we didn't hit them at the height of their season. After a couple of months of enforced lockdown due to the virus, this was a more than welcomed diversion.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The only problem with May is the love bugs but they really weren't that bad, though we didn't hit them at the height of their season. After a couple of months of enforced lockdown due to the virus, this was a more than welcomed diversion.
Keith  B.
Keith B. Duluth, GA
Get ready for fun! The fishing was hot and heavy! Snapper and Grouper were plentiful.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get ready for fun! The fishing was hot and heavy! Snapper and Grouper were plentiful.
William  K.
William K. Bradenton, Florida
Local knowledge is important, particularly with regards to local fishing areas/weather. Camille was knowledgeable and looked after our family for our 4 hour trip
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5.0 / 5
Local knowledge is important, particularly with regards to local fishing areas/weather. Camille was knowledgeable and looked after our family for our 4 hour trip
Tony  C.
Tony C. Sarasota, FL
There are different kinds of water for different experiences. Try them all. Fabulous for salt water fly fishing too!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There are different kinds of water for different experiences. Try them all. Fabulous for salt water fly fishing too!!
Annemarie  A.
Annemarie A. St. Petersburg, Florida
Fishing in Siesta Key requires a knowledgeable guide to put you on the type of fish you are looking for. Captain Tony of Freedom Fishing Charters is that guide service.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing in Siesta Key requires a knowledgeable guide to put you on the type of fish you are looking for. Captain Tony of Freedom Fishing Charters is that guide service.
Steve  C.
Steve C. St. Petersburg, FL
Maybe wait till the weather forecast is good as I’ve fished Sarasota twice and been disappointed with the weather.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Maybe wait till the weather forecast is good as I’ve fished Sarasota twice and been disappointed with the weather.
Norman  K.
Norman K. Indianapolis, Indiana
Take the fishing as it comes. It can truly be a great experience with the right Captian.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take the fishing as it comes. It can truly be a great experience with the right Captian.
Allan  F.
Allan F. Devils Lake, ND

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